- Posted January 31, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
Challenger Remembered -- my journal entries
I have finally opened my journals to the week of the Challenger accident. I had been providing software support to the flight controllers but I was not in the Mission Control Center on the day of the tragedy. I do have entries prior to that day but I will save those for my book.
Here are the entries I made while watching the launch of STS 51-L. I have posted just a small segment and edited just to provide a feel for what it was like that day at the NASA-Johnson Space Center.
I also attended the memorial service a few days later. There was uncertainty about whether cameras would be allowed. Rather than lose my place in line, I left my camera behind. However, I had my journal with me. I sketched where I was located as well as the commentary around me.
This is what history looks like when it is happening. I have always been aware of the importance of photography and journal writing. Personal stories add depth to what history books provide. Anyone who has seen Ken Burns' documentaries is familiar with the concept.
photos (c) Candy Torres